Man Boobs

31 Jul

Man boobs are an ever growing problem (hehe) here in Korea, enough to warrant a disturbing subway ad

여유증 = female breast symptom

Men no longer have to suffer with enlarged milk secreting breasts.

I’m suddenly remdinded of that scene in Meet the Parents where Focker blurts out that he could milk anything with nipples and Jack replies “I have nipples. Can you milk me?”

Perhaps he can Jack… perhaps he can…

The ad contains a link to

The red text on the site says that they’ll be performing the procedure from July to September every Friday from 7 to 9PM and the blue text says that it’s only for men.  Guess there’s not a high enough demand to sustain a whole business.  I imagine that the rest of the article contains information similar to this wikipedia article on gynecomastia, but currently can’t be bothered to attempt a full and likely poor translation.

Here are some better pre- and post-surgery shots

My first second thought (after wtf!?!?!) was that those man boobs are not even that big and could likely easily be reduced in size if the guys worked out for a few weeks. An image search on any engine will quickly show cases much worse than those pictured above.

Also, why stop at the boobs? Excluding the thirth guy, they could use a little bit of lipo as well.

While discussing the topic with my grrrlfriend, she naturally shifted it all to start poking fun by telling me I had man boobs, that it could be serious! (a sign of chronic liver disease, etc.) and I should think about getting the procedure, thus trying to ruin my fun.

Anyway, the whole thing further illustrates to me both the wide acceptance of plastic surgery here and the fact that, however irrelevant, I’d much rather see Hyori, or another nubile, shirtless in this ad a la


Posted by on July 31, 2008 in Korean Language, Seoul Days


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7 responses to “Man Boobs

  1. woofytalk

    August 1, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Here’s what you need to do to Lose Man Boobs…

    1. Start adding Turmeric into your Diet. Turmeric is a spice (in the ginger family). It’s been used for hundreds of years and is totally safe. The benefit of adding Turmeric to your diet is that it concentrates fat burning to the chest area. This little wonder spice will make your workouts a LOT more effective.

    2. Do cardio every other day for only 25 minutes at a time at an intense pace. You want short, high intensity cardio workouts because these workouts will put your body into anaerobic fat burning mode (as opposed to aerobic mode). If you run too much you’ll burn muscle along with the fat and your man boobs will sag much more.

    3. Do a lot of inclined bench press, shoulder press and chest fly exercises. Use dumbells for these. Dumbells will force your chest to use its stabalizer muscles which will be more effective for burning chest fat. The idea of the incline bench press is to raise your muscle and pull up the loose hanging skin from your nipple area. It works!

    4. Eat 6 small meals a day to boost your metabolism and put fat burning into overdrive. By eating smaller meals more frequently in conjunction with your new workout routine, your body will become a fat burning machine. Also as you continue the weight lifting regimen, your newly grown muscles will steal energy from fat stores in your body and get you ripped!

    5. Have a plan. Don’t just go into everyday all willy nilly with no real goal. Setup a workout schedule if you’re serious. Never quit. Remember, it’s more than just your appearance at stake – think about your health. Stay motivated and don’t stop believing!!!

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  2. metamorphallic

    August 5, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Well there you have it folks! haha Man Boobs Be gone!

  3. Alex

    August 13, 2008 at 8:22 am

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  4. Gynexin

    September 21, 2009 at 5:14 am

    I’d rather see Hyori shirtless as well, however man boobs do cause a lot of damage to mens self confidence, fortunately there are other methods for getting rid of gynecomastia besides surgery. Surgery is the fastest and perhaps the easiest treatment for man boobs but you can also try exercise as well as pill based treatments.

  5. Martina Click

    January 21, 2010 at 4:28 am

    The method to decrease yur breast is focused on more muscle growth and fat loss so chances rise for beautiful skin as well as a younger appearance. Not a gamble with all these little spots. Not a gamble at all. Possibly in the future it’ll look even better in those areas, but for now it’s a fantastic way to loon your best for complete confidence. The treatment’s strengths are its effectiveness. If those sound compelling, perhaps it is your best choice.

  6. Allergy Treatment :

    October 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    breast reduction is a very common procedure to those persons are very fat*;’

  7. We've Got Seoul

    November 13, 2010 at 2:21 pm


    I’m writing a paper on visual design with specific reference to multimodal discourse and I am focusing on advertisements of plastic surgery in the subway system.
    I don’t think that that specific ad runs anymore (I haven’t seen it for some time, have you?). I was wondering if you had the image of the ad that includes the writing on the right hand side? If so, would you mind emailing it to me?
    I apologize for posting the request on your website but I was unable to spot a contact email address for you.

    Kind Regards,



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